We all have had it happen, something we have read or heard before but unexpectedly a part of it just jumps out at you; that happened to me recently. We were celebrating communion in one of our traditional services and a part of the liturgy in the “Confession and Pardon” burned its way into my heart. It was “we have not heard the cry of the needy.”
Frankly, that hurts my heart, because as hard as I/we try, there are those that we don’t hear their needs. Missions are the part of the church that in an organized way to try’s to address the needs of others. In my estimation we do a pretty good job, but there is so much more that could be done.
I shared these thoughts with the Core Leadership Team of Missions and that brief phrase has become somewhat of a rallying cry for the team. The team is committed to doing all we can to hear the cry of the needy.
The team has a designated prayer coordinator, Pam Livesay, because we know that great things are only accomplished when the starting point is prayer. Pam brought to the team the following blessing. It is my hope that you will turn this blessing into a prayer for yourself and for the church so that each of us will have a burning desire to hear the cry of the needy.
May God bless you with DISCOMFORT.
Discomfort at easy answers, half-truths,
And superficial relationships, so that
You may live deep within your heart
May God bless you with ANGER.
Anger at injustice, oppression and
exploitation of people, so that you
may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with TEARS.
Tears to shed for those who suffer from
pain, rejection, starvation and war, so
that you may reach out your hand to
comfort them and turn their pain into joy.
May God bless you with FOOLISHNESS.
Enough foolishness to believe that you
can make a difference in this world, so
that you can do what others claim
cannot be done. Amen
My final thought is that this blessing leads us back to Micah 6:8,
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”